Free Evan Gershkovich

Statement from Military Reporters & Editors

WASHINGTON, Mar 29 — Following is a statement from Military Reporters & Editors on the anniversary of Evan Gershkovich’s imprisonment.

One year ago today, the Russian government wrongfully and illegally imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich for doing his job. Since then, he has languished in prison, deprived of his rights and detained without cause. Three hundred and sixty-five days later, the Russians have produced no evidence of the crime of espionage for which he is accused, because none exists. Gershkovich was merely performing his duties as a journalist.

Military Reporters and Editors implores Russian President Vladimir Putin to end Gershkovich’s imprisonment because journalism is not a crime and journalists should not be considered geopolitical bargaining chips. Jailing those who shine the light is a desperate act of a despot. 

We also call on the U.S. government and the international community to do everything in their power to bring Evan home, before he spends another day in a Russian prison.

Enough is enough. Set Evan Gershkovich free.


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